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Natural stone, Muskoka
Five Point (Random)



Manufactured Stone Veneer
Natural retaining wall, Muskoka lake
Flag Stone
Muskoka granite walkway, Gravenhurst

Stone veneer is a versatile material used to mimic the appearance of natural stone while offering easier installation and cost savings. There are several types of stone veneer available, each with its own unique characteristics and installation methods. Here are some common types:

  1. Natural Stone Veneer: This type of veneer is made from real stone that is sliced or cut into thin sections, typically around 1 inch thick. Natural stone veneer retains the authentic look and texture of natural stone, offering variations in color, shape, and texture. It is usually more expensive than manufactured veneers but provides a high-end finish.

  2. Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV): Also known as faux or artificial stone veneer, MSV is made from a mixture of cement, aggregates, and pigments that are molded and colored to resemble natural stone. Manufactured stone veneer is lighter and more affordable than natural stone, making it a popular choice for both interior and exterior applications.

  3. Cultured Stone Veneer: Cultured stone veneer is a specific type of manufactured stone veneer that is designed to closely resemble natural stone. It is made by pouring a mixture of cement, aggregates, and coloring agents into molds that are cast from real stone. Cultured stone veneer offers a wide range of colors and styles, making it suitable for various architectural designs.

  4. Thin Brick Veneer: While not technically stone, thin brick veneer is a thin layer of brick that is applied to walls to achieve a brick finish. It is similar to stone veneer in terms of installation and appearance but offers the classic look of brick instead of stone. Thin brick veneer is available in various colors and textures, allowing for customization to suit different design preferences.

  5. Polyurethane Stone Veneer: Polyurethane stone veneer is a lightweight and flexible alternative to traditional stone veneer. It is made from polyurethane foam that is molded and painted to resemble natural stone. Polyurethane stone veneer is easy to handle and install, making it a popular choice for DIY projects and applications where weight is a concern.


Each type of stone veneer offers its own benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to consider factors such as cost, appearance, durability, and installation requirements when choosing the right option for your project.

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